Sunday, 24 July 2011

42. Aldgate East

Aldgate East is on the District (Green) Line.

Another area I am ashamed to say I have never visited but will be returning to.

I was here today to wander along Brick Lane and have lunch with a friend. The streets are full of Balti Houses and packed with sari wearing women, locals looking for a good, reasonably priced curry.

The streets here appear to have remain untouched by the Blitz, with the old Victorian Buildings (and much older) still standing, and occupied. Had an excellent afternoon exploring the old streets.

Spitalfields Market was closed (always is on a Saturday) but I will return to the area to take photographs.

41. Camden Town

Camden Town is on the Northern (Black) Line. Its the point that Bank and Charing Cross branches meet and then divide again one branch going to Edgeware the other to High Barnet.

I went to Camden Town to meet a friend, wonder around the market and then go for a walk along past Camden Lock and down the canal.

The market was a little trendy and bustling, the people visiting it were as diverse as the products for sale. I didn't take any photographs but it would have been intrusive but I know I will return to the area because the facades on the shop fronts were well worth photographing (watch this space)

The walk along the canal was relaxing, busy with walkers, cyclists, joggers and tourists on the barges travelling up and down; not a bit what you would expect in central London!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

40. Great Portland Street

Great Portland Street is on the Hammersmith (Pink), Circle (Yellow) and Metropolitan (Maroon) Lines.

I wandered down today to take a look at some of the buildings down there. The trouble with my camera is that it takes terrible photos when it is too bright (not something we complain about too often in London) and the buildings all came out bleached looking.

Its a very wealthy part of London, the buildings all rather grand. Down the centre of the road are majestic statues - I discovered today that if a statue of horse and rider has two feet in the air the rider died in battle; one foot he died of his injuries and all four feet on the ground means he died of natural causes.

A couple of the BBC buildings are located here (see the bleached effect!)

Then I walked all the way down Oxford Street to Trafalgar Square to take a couple of pictures of the Living Art piece on display.

All the plants there are real!